When Sarah walked into the church on her wedding day, she didn’t notice much other than Paul, her husband-to-be, waiting at the altar (who could blame her?!). Afterwards, she looked around and what she saw is something we’re sure she’ll never forget. “I took in all the amazing florals, in the exact colour scheme and style that I had imagined, the candles everywhere, the opulent, vintage style furniture and the stunning glass stained windows. it couldn’t have been more magical or more perfect for us. It was exactly what we had imagined.” (First featured in issue 14, now available at our online store.)
Thanks to floral duo Prunella having recently taken on the big bad world of wedding venues, Sarah and Paul were able to get married in one of the area’s most spectacular event spaces. Built in 1858, Churchill boasts grand timber ceilings, charming gardens and spectacular views – the ideal spot for the couple’s Wuthering Heights/The Secret Garden inspired nuptials. “With its beautiful sandstone and location in the moody wintry Victorian countryside about an hour out of Melbourne, we knew the deconsecrated church and old Sunday school hall would be perfect for an elegant and intimate autumn wedding with a vintage, old world feel,” explains Sarah, who admits her favourite moment (amongst many others) was during the ceremony when Paul heeded Beyonce’s advice and put a ring on it.
“For one thing, it was a beautiful moment symbolic of the start of the marriage. For another, I absolutely love my wedding and engagement ring set! It’s by ManiaMania– and the absolutely delightful thing about their engagement and wedding rings is that the each look beautiful worn alone, but they look best worn together in sets. It’s symbolic of the way a marriage or relationship should be two people who are individuals with complete and fulfilling lives but together their lives are enriched and enhanced, complementing each other,” says the bride, though it was her Karen Willis Holmes gown and custom Bride La Boheme beaded veil that we can’t stop complimenting.
“I came across the label on Instagram only a couple of months before the wedding. Their veils are made by hand and mine was covered in the most beautiful crystals and embroidery. It gave my whole look the vintage, Victorian feel that I was aiming for. The afternoon sun was shining as I made my entrance into the church and the way it made the veil sparkle in that moment was magical…” just ask the groom, who couldn’t deny that seeing Sarah walk in (sparkly veil and all) was the most memorable moment of the day.
Loving the work of photographer Jess Tremp, the couple enlisted the help of Brown Paper Parcel, and we couldn’t be more in awe of the outcome.
CREDITS Photos Brown Paper Parcel // Florist Prunella // Stationery Inhaus Creative // Ceremony and Reception Venue Churchill // Catering Monsieur Pierre // Cake Blackbird Cakes // Celebrant Catherine Crothers // Rings ManiaMania // Transport Organ’s Coaches Kyneton // Kitchen Equipment Kyneton Party & Equipment Hire // Bridal Gown Karen Willis Holmes // Veil Bride La Boheme // Hair piece Mimco // Robes Natalija // Shoes Gianvito Rossi from Farfetch // Accessories Samantha Wills // Hair and Makeup Melinda Wain // Bridesmaid Dresses and Lingerie For Love & Lemons // Suit Peppers Formal Wear // Cufflinks Lanvin via Mr Porter // Shoes Windsor Smith